Although the move was hesitant, Brazil City Planning Administrator Michelle Altman threw the hammer down Friday on the Brazil Public Library.
Beginning Friday, the library is officially closed to residents and employees until further notice after an accident Thursday in which a person suffered a broken leg.
Clay County Search and Rescue and Trans-Care were dispatched to the library after a person fell on some stairs and was injured.
However, because of the accident, Altman was forced to follow protocol and enforce city ordinance 156.023.
The ordinance states that any city building under construction or reconstruction may not be occupied until a certificate of occupancy has been issued.
"I hate to do that," Altman told The Brazil Times Friday. "But it had to happen. The accident is what prompted it. It was just a matter of time before it all played out."
Altman said she consulted with Indiana Department of Homeland Security Director of Fire and Building Code Enforcement Shelly Wakefield and Brazil City Attorney Bob Pell before enforcing the ordinance.
The ordinance states if the building is not vacated, the City Planning Administrator (Altman) "may institute a suit for injunction in the Circuit Court of Clay County to restrain an individual or a governmental unit from violating the provisions of this chapter."
The ordinance adds that a penalty of not less than $10 or more than $300 may be assessed for those who violate the ordinance.
"We've never really had to do anything like this before," Altman said.
Altman suggested if the city did not comply with the ordinance, attorneys with Pyramid Architects and Engineers, Inc., the company currently working on library construction, may have asked the city to enforce the ordinance.
She added she is currently drafting a letter -- with consultation from Wakefield and help from city and state building inspectors -- of at least five major violations regarding library construction.
However, Altman said if those violations are corrected within 30 days of the Library Board receiving the letter, the library could reopen.
Altman said Wakefield has scheduled an inspection date of Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Brazil Public Library Director Jill Scarborough could not be reached for comment.